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PEANUT BUTTER-BANANA BRAID

Makes 1 loaf

Elegant but packing the homey, nostalgic flavor of peanut butter and banana, this braided bread is the perfect way to enjoy something classic in a gorgeous new package.

3 cups (382 grams) bread flour, divided
3 tablespoons (36 grams) granulated sugar
2½ teaspoons (7.5 grams) kosher salt
2¼ teaspoons (7 grams) active dry yeast
½ cup (120 grams) whole milk
¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon (75 grams) water, divided
¼ cup (57 grams) unsalted butter
2 teaspoons (8 grams) vanilla extract
2 large eggs (100 grams), room temperature and divided
Peanut Butter Filling (recipe follows)
½ cup (100 grams) chopped banana
Garnish: confectioners’ sugar

1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine 1½ cups (191 grams) flour, granulated sugar, salt, and yeast.

2. In a medium saucepan, heat milk, ¼ cup (60 grams) water, butter, and vanilla over medium heat until an instant-read thermometer registers 120°F (49°C) to 130°F (54°C). Add warm milk mixture to flour mixture, and beat at medium speed until combined. Beat in 1 egg (50 grams). With mixer on low speed, gradually add remaining 1½ cups (191 grams) flour, beating just until combined and stopping to scrape sides of bowl.

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